Remember 1984? I sure do …
Remember 1984? I sure do …
I’ve had several viewers request a float plane flight in X-Plane 11. I did several in P3D, and liked it a lot, so here’s one in XP. Nothing serious or realistic about this flight – I even forgot to turn on the avionics. It was fun, including the low approach over the boats, but I do miss the sound of the water against the pontoons that I had in P3D.
In my last point-to-point video it took about an hour to fly from Kalispell to Great Falls. Here I’ve compressed that video so the flight takes just two minutes and forty-eight seconds. I did this to better illustrated the very natural transition that xEnviro created from overcast with limited visibility to clear skies. Pretty amazing.
The music? It’s just for fun. As always, thanks for watching.
There’s an interesting thread taking place in the PilotEdge forums. Among the responses this caught my eye:
As an instrument-rated commercial pilot and former CFI, I can tell you that IF you can function with ATC on pilot edge for either VFR and IFR flights, you will be able to function with ATC in the real world. There are NO operational or procedural differences between PE and RW air traffic control … The very first time I flew an IFR flight on PE, I did not consult any PE training documents or watch any videos. I just did it exactly the same way I would do it in the real world, and it worked fine.
That’s a pretty awesome testimonial to what Keith Smith and team have built at PilotEdge.
A friend who’s keeping his CFI ticket current emailed a link to the FAA’s runway safety challenge quiz. Educational and fun. (I went 9 for 10.)
We follow up the fail/pass sequence of the I-3 with the I-4 rating on PilotEdge. This is “Dealer’s Choice,” where the controller picks a destination and you must identify, file, and fly the correct TEC route. I get SNA to SMO, and I pass, but not cleanly. There are a lot of learning experiences along the way and several complicating things that happen (like broken transmissions from ATC) that could easily happen on a flight in real life. I’m glad to have flown this, and am now studying SIDs and STARs for the I-5. As always, thanks for watching.
One of the things I love out PilotEdge is its training programs: the CAT ratings for VFR ATC procedures and the I ratings for IFR ATC procedures. I’ve completed the original V ratings (now retired) and most of the CAT ratings, as well as the first two I ratings. In this flight I attempt the I-3, which is an IFR TEC route flight from John Wayne to Burbank. I fail it, for many good reasons. It was an interesting learning experience so I thought I’d share it.